December, 2021 build block

I’ve decided to change things up a bit in how I present the latest builds coming out of the shop. I used to do a blog post for each bike, but that has realistically always been a bit of a stretch, so I’ll be putting the builds together in a blog post just like the bikes themselves are conceived, built, and finished together as a group.

I realize these are a bit late, but a couple of the builds themselves have run late because of available parts. They’re finally done, and so I can post them all up here.

Bob’s…. road bike?!

Bob’s custom road bike

I’ve built a lot of different bikes, but somehow I had not built a proper road bike until a couple months ago. Not because I didn’t want to, but no one had ordered one yet.

Bob already owns two custom bikes from the 80s and 90s that he loves, but he wanted something slightly more modern with some of the technological benefits that have become mainstream in the last 30 years. Namely, good brakes and a crisp drivetrain. This bike is slated to cross the pond and live in Italy so Bob always has something to ride there when he visits.

We started by measuring both of his bikes, and talking about what he likes, and wanted to change about both of them. Generally, a more comfortable riding position was at the top of the list, which is perfect, because at the end of the day, I’m all about comfort.

The design definitely takes a nod from classic road bikes, with an almost-horizontal top tube, small-ish diameter tubing, and rim brakes. I selected a nice custom tubeset from Reynolds 853, the tubing of choice for Myth Cycles. The build went forward without a hitch, and we coated it a special Illusion Cherry that we ordered in just for Bob.

The gruppo was put together by Joe over at the Durango Cyclery, and features only the finest: Campagnolo Super Record. When it was finished, I went over to photograph it and missed the good light by about 15 minutes. So these photos are taken on a cold evening, on a frozen lawn, in Colorado.

This is the coldest this bike will ever be, because it will live the rest of it’s days in Italy sipping wine.

Landes’ Ambrosia

Ambrosia, size 61cm

Here’s a pretty sweet Ambrosia frame in the largest size we make, 61cm. The Ambrosia is our all-road, or gravel, or groad, or touring, or whatever you want to call it frame, and this particular one was coated Iris Burgundy. It’s been paired with the Whisky No. 9 RD+ fork to match the tire clearance and I think it’s going to see lots of good miles with Landes.

Paul’s riser stem

Big black cockpit raising stem

Paul has a similar stem on another bike, and he wanted this one to get the bars higher on his road bike. It’s a great design to get your bars higher, and it’s made from NOS True-Temper steel tubing. No jokes please.

Yes, I do make custom stems. Planning to add that to the website soon.

Andrew’s full custom fatbike

Andrew’s custom fat bike

Sometimes I’m kind of bummed that I can’t build up a certain custom frame with all it’s parts just to see it in it’s final form, and Andrew’s fatbike was one of those. Andrew had put together his build kit on a stock cheap aluminum frame of some description, and the frame was his last part to upgrade. We went back and forth about a lot of different design features, the geo, and what he wanted to change from his current setup. He also had a very specific idea for the powder, with the Illusion Blue most everywhere with just the Illusion Violet in the bottom bracket area.

The result was awesome. Lots of bent tubes for standover and fork clearance, massive tire clearance, ISCG-05 mount, and custom geometry for mountain biking on a fatbike, and this thing is ready to charge.

Demetrius’ Talos

Demetrius wanted a Talos like no other. And certainly, he got it. The frame is our tried and true Talos 29er in Seafoam, but the build kit is very special.

He wanted to stick with as many American parts as he could, and so with some White Industries cranks, BB and headset, rounded out with Paul stem, brakes and seatpost clamp (not pictured), it’s a stellar compliment to the Sram GX drivetrain and Fox suspension and dropper post. Also the Industry 9 wheels with our Myth Black Hole rims and a set of our titanium LoMoTo bars really are the icing on the cake.

Thanks Demetrius! Can’t wait to hear when you’ve gotten to ride this thing!

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